Keep Bestival Green and Tidy: Short Film Competition



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On Thursday 6 September 55,000 people will gather together in a beautiful valley on the Isle of Wight for four days of music, arts and partying at Bestival. When the audience leaves on Monday 10 September, we want these tranquil fields to be left spotless.

How can we get our audience to take responsibility in helping us achieve this? We are looking for a highly creative, innovative and engaging short film to communicate a message to our audience to help us keep Bestival Green and Tidy.

Are you the filmmaker who can deliver this?

The winning short film will be shown on the Bestival screens between bands at the Main Stage and the Big Top on a number of occasions throughout the weekend. The film will be seen by up to 55,000 people.


What we're looking for 

Length: between 30 seconds and two minutes.

Content: "Keep Bestival Green and Tidy" is our key message. The film should be giving the audience the responsibility for keeping their favourite festival clean.

Have a look at the green initiatives that Bestival already has put in place. If you wish, these can be incorporated into the film to help inform the audience and provide solutions to keeping the festival green and tidy. You can incorporate one idea, or more, or none of them (if you feel you have a strong overriding idea that has a more general message).

Please do NOT make a film focusing on the audience taking their tents home with them, as this is a subject that is already being covered in a short film being made by a local partner university.

The maker of the winning short film will receive two tickets to Bestival as a prize. The competition is being judged by Bestival curators Rob and Josie da Bank and the Bestival Green Team.


About Bestival 

Bestival takes place on the Isle of Wight from 6 to 9 September and has 55,000 people in attendance. It was voted Best Major Festival 2010 and Fan’s Favourite Festival 2011 at the UK Festival awards. It has a wide and diverse music and arts line-up, including Stevie Wonder, Florence and the Machine and New Order, plus everything from theatre, cabaret, cinema, circus, a carnival parade, a rollerdisco, feasts, talks, workshops and games.


This brief will close at 5pm on Friday 3 August and is open to IdeasTap members aged 16 and over. If you have any technical queries, please visit the help centre. Late entries will not be accepted under any circumstances, including technical issues – so make sure you don’t leave your application to the last minute. 

How to apply


  • How is it possible that it's less than one week to the festival and you haven't even shortlisted anyone yet!?


    AnnalisAphoto , , 30/08/12 , 14 AP

  • And when will a decision be announced or has this competition been abandonned?


    Mikel Iriarte , Director , 29/08/12 , 2,171 AP

  • Hi James,

    Yes, your film should be complete when you submit it.



    Joe IdeasTap , Writer , 06/07/12 , 7,341 AP

  • If your animating, does the short need to be completed by the 3rd August, or will you consider part-finished work that may still need colouring?


    JamesODonnell7 , Producer , 02/07/12 , 134 AP

  • Hi,

    Christabel - Yes, we accept animated films.

    Maxine - No, your film doesn't have to be silent.



    Joe IdeasTap , Writer , 27/06/12 , 7,341 AP

  • should it be a silent film?


    maxine latinis , Dancer , 25/06/12 , 246 AP

  • Do you accept animation films too?


    _christabel , Director , 13/06/12 , 764 AP


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